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We are towing our 1977 fj40 behind our motorhome and a truckers flagged us down. We pull over to inspect the fj only to find out the rear drive shaft has fallen out. Is it safe to pull it behind the motorhome still? How far? Help!!!
 
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Is the shaft dragging? Is it no longer connected to the rear differential? The driveshaft has two halves. Did it separate? Or did the ujoints break?

If it isn't dragging and is no longer connected to the rear axle, you should be okay. When the rear tires turn it will want to spin whatever is attached to the rear differential.
 
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This is the rear differential. If it looks like this (nothing attached to the yoke) then you should be fine. But if some or all of the driveshaft is still attached, you'll want to remove it. You'll need two 12mm wrenches (4 bolts) and probably a standard screw driver to separate the driveshaft from the yoke.

When the rear wheels turn, the yoke will spin, and thus spin anything that is attached. If some or all of the driveshaft is still attached then it will swing and whip it around tearing itself and the bottom of your cruiser up.

Post a pic if you want more suggestions.
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its a 77 so they should need 14mm wrenches 9-1/6ths will work also in a pinch.my 64 and 65s had 12mm.bolts.
 
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houseofbest said:
We are towing our 1977 fj40 behind our motorhome and a truckers flagged us down. We pull over to inspect the fj only to find out the rear drive shaft has fallen out. Is it safe to pull it behind the motorhome still? How far? Help!!!

Hope the transfer case did not lock-up causing the shaft destruction.

What position was the transfer case in? Neutral or 4H?

Remember, without the rear driveshaft, your parking brake is irrelevant.
 

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